Several years ago, I participated in a Youtube collaboration to talk about some of the Mother's Day traditions and customs shared by my family and friends. It took me some time to come up with something, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks.
And then, I was sad. Sad that I had totally forgotten all about a very important tradition.
It was the tradition in my town to wear a flower corsage or boutonniere on Mother's Day. Everyone wore a small carnation in honor of their mother. We wore either a pink, red, white or yellow carnation and everyone knew the significance of each color.
My Mother's Day video is below:
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CARNATION
For example, you would wear either a red or pink carnation if your mother was still living. If your mother was deceased, you honored her by wearing a white or yellow carnation.
As a child, I remember my mother would run from store to store to make sure we had a carnation to wear to church on Mother's Day. It was critical that we wore a flower!
I was so sad when I realized that I had somehow gotten away from this tradition. I don't even know when I stopped. Had I taught my son about this practice? What happened?
All I know is that if we don't share our stories and customs, we are bound to forget their significance and lose them forever.
I want to go back to this tradition. I don't ever want to forget...again.
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